Guide to the Frederick L. Dunn Papers, 1930-2005, bulk 1950-1980

Finding aid prepared by Margaret Hughes
University of California, San Francisco
530 Parnassus Avenue
San Francisco, CA, 94143-0840
(415) 476-8112

Title: Frederick L. Dunn papers
Identifier/Call Number: MSS.2011.10
Contributing Institution: University of California, San Francisco
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 14.6 Linear feet (35 boxes)
Date (bulk): 1950-1980
Date (inclusive): 1930-2005, undated
Abstract: The papers of noted medical professor and researcher Frederick L. Dunn document his career as a professor, medical doctor, and anthropologist, with the bulk of the collection dating from 1950-1980. Dunn is a scholar-practitioner who was instrumental in the development of the fields of international health and anthropology in public health, formerly known as "tropical medicine," and his work has left lasting impressions on how it is continued to be practiced. The majority of Dunn's professional activities documented here were in association with the University of California, San Francisco as a staff member for over 30 years and the field research he completed in Southeast Asia relating to infectious disease.
Creator: Frederick L. Dunn

Arrangement note

The collection is arranged as 2 series. Series I: Work and Research Files, 1930-2005 (11.3 linear feet) Series II: Publications and Writings, 1950s-2000s (3.3 linear feet)

Biographical/Historical note

Frederick L. Dunn (b. 1928) was a pioneer scholar-physician in the field of international health and anthropology in public health, formerly known as "tropical medicine,” who worked primarily in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Southeast Asia. His research spans issues of global health, behavioral research, medical anthropology, epidemiology, and infectious disease. Dunn advocated an interdisciplinary approach that has altered the course of research in global health. He was instrumental in identifying and promoting the importance of human behavioral research in understanding infectious disease. Dunn’s theory of 'casual assemblages' takes into account the social, political, cultural, and economic factors in the spread of communicable diseases within populations.
Dunn worked closely with the World Health Organization throughout his career, beginning in the 1960s. He served as a physician-anthropologist consultant for the organization and was involved with identifying research and training needs in tropical disease. His research has been widely published from the 1950s-1990s.
Frederick L. Dunn was born in 1928 into a family well acquainted with sciences. His father was a well-known psychiatrist and his extended family included other physicians and scientists. Dunn attended Harvard University as an undergraduate anthropology major and returned to begin Harvard Medical School in 1952. As a medical student in 1955, he participated in the American Himalayan Expedition in Pakistan as the team physician. This expedition marked Dunn’s first experience with communicable disease among the local population in a developing country.
Following medical school graduation, Dunn completed postgraduate clinical training in Seattle through a program associated with the University of Washington. He then began a two year service in the Center for Disease Control's (CDC) Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS), beginning in 1957, in Louisiana and East Pakistan.
In 1960, Dunn enrolled in a course at the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and received the Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Through the course Dunn met J. Ralph Audy from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) who proceeded to recruit Dunn for UCSF. Dunn officially joined the Department of Medicine faculty in September of 1960 and began working in Audy’s tropical disease laboratory.
In 1962, Dunn traveled to Malaysia to work in the International Center for Medical Research and Training (ICMRT) program. During the 1960s and 1970s Dunn spent over a total of seven years living, working, and researching infectious disease in Malaysia. His research included primate malaria, parasitic diseases among indigenous groups, and the group Orang Asli in particular.
Dunn helped to form the country’s first medical anthropology program—a joint initiative between UCSF and University of California, Berkeley—in 1969.
In 1973 Dunn completed his doctoral dissertation in anthropology at the University of Malaya. Dunn formally retired in 1993 at which point he had been serving as a faculty member in the UCSF-UCB joint medical anthropology program.

Scope and Contents note

The papers of global health physician-researcher Frederick L. Dunn date from 1930-2005, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1950-1980. The collection documents his professional life, including teaching, field research, published research, and involvement in the global health community on the topics of tropical medicine, medical anthropology, epidemiology, and infectious disease. The papers are comprised of published articles, newsletters, drafts, research data and notes, correspondence, and photographs.
The work and research files of Series I relate to the gamut of Dunn's professional activities. The majority of the material relates to his teaching career, field research, and involvement with the global health community. Material documents his professional relationships with the University of California, San Francisco, World Health Organization, and International Center for Medical Research and Training, among others. Dunn's research was largely focused on Southeast Asia.
Among the publications and writings in Series II are published articles and material created in support of his publications such as related drafts, notes, and correspondence.

Conditions Governing Use note

Copyright has not been assigned to the Library & Center for Knowledge Management. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the UCSF Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Library & Center for Knowledge Management as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.


Donated to the UCSF Archives and Special Collections by Frederick Dunn in 2012.

Preferred Citation note

Frederick L. Dunn papers, 1930-2005, MSS 2011-10. Archives and Special Collections, University of California, San Francisco.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Processing Information note

The collection was rehoused by the UCSF Archives staff upon receipt in 2012. The collection was processed, arranged, and described by Margaret Hughes in 2013.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Frederick L. Dunn
World Health Organization.
Color negatives
Color photographs
Field notes
Medical anthropology
Public health
Social scientists
Southeast Asia
University of California, San Francisco
World health

Box 1-27, 35

I. Work and Research Files, Bulk, 1960-1980 1930-2005

Physical Description: 11.3 linear ft. (27 boxes)

Arrangement note

The series is arranged alphabetically by subject. Original order has been largely maintained. In general, dates are approximate estimates. Subject titles have been maintained from collection box labels. They are general in nature and do not necessarily apply to all of the material within. If individual folders were titled they have been maintained and appear as file titles. If not, file titles are comprised of the dates of the contents.

Scope and Contents note

The work and research files series contains material relating to Dunn's professional life which include his teaching career, field research, and involvement in community of global health. Subjects of his work include medical anthropology, tropical medicine, and epidemiology. His work and research files are comprised of correspondence, clippings, maps, notes, notebooks, research data, publications, and photographs.
Box 1-2

Anthropology and Primatology, circa 1960s

Box 1, Folder 1

Australian Aborigines, circa 1960s

Box 1, Folder 2

Disease and natural selection, circa 1960s

Box 1, Folder 3-4

Primate ecology, circa 1960s

Box 1, Folder 5

American Association of Physical Anthropology, 1966

Box 1, Folder 6-7

circa 1960s

Box 1, Folder 8-10

Primate evolution, 1965-1966

Box 1, Folder 11

Diseases in antiquity, circa 1960s

Box 1, Folder 12

Anthropology 151 lecture, 1965

Box 1, Folder 13

Bushmen, circa 1960s

Box 1, Folder 14

Application for research grant, circa 1960s

Box 1, Folder 15

Congo Pygmies, circa 1960s

Box 2-3

Demography, circa 1970s-circa 1980s

Box 2, Folder 1-3

circa 1970s

Box 2, Folder 4

Population council Southeast Asia/child, circa 1980s

Box 2, Folder 5

George Brown - International Development Research Centre, circa 1970s

Box 2, Folder 6

John W. Ratcliffe, 1970s

Box 2, Folder 7


Box 2, Folder 8


Box 2, Folder 9-10

circa 1970s

Box 3, Folder 1-2


Box 3

Gua Anak Takun, 1950s-1960s

Box 3, Folder 3


Box 3, Folder 4-5

Malaya - caves, 1950s-1960s

Box 3, Folder 6


Box 3-4

Gua Kechil Arch. - mal., circa 1950s-1990s, undated

Box 3, Folder 7


Box 3, Folder 8-9

Cave archaeology, circa 1960s

Box 3-4

circa 1960s

Box 4, Folder 2


Box 4, Folder 3

J.D. Clark, 1960s

Box 4, Folder 4

Movius, 1960s

Box 4, Folder 5-7

circa 1960s

Box 4, Folder 8


Box 4, Folder 9-12


Box 4, Folder 13-14

Rodent parasites, circa 1950s-circa 1970s

Box 5

Malaya mammals, circa 1950s-circa 1970s

Box 5, Folder 1

Rodent parasites, circa 1950s-circa 1970s

Box 5, Folder 2-4

Bats, circa 1950s-circa 1970s

Box 5, Folder 5-6

Cynocephalus, circa 1950s-circa 1970s

Box 5, Folder 7

Tadarida - Tryp, circa 1950s-circa 1970s

Box 5, Folder 8

Bat filarids, circa 1950s-circa 1970s

Box 5, Folder 9

R. rattus r. - Filaria, circa 1950s-circa 1970s

Box 5, Folder 10

R. jalorensis - filariid, circa 1950s-circa 1970s

Box 5, Folder 11

Musangs, circa 1950s-circa 1970s

Box 5-6

Medical geography, circa 1950s-circa 1970s

Box 5, Folder 12

circa 1950s-circa 1970s

Box 5, Folder 13

Bennett, circa 1960s-circa 1970s

Box 5, Folder 14

circa 1960s-circa 1970s

Box 6, Folder 1-2

Geogr. 191, 1970

Box 6, Folder 3

circa 1960s-circa 1970s

Box 6, Folder 4

Symposium, UCSF, February 1972

Box 6, Folder 5

Armstrong course, 1970

Box 6, Folder 6

Kuala Lumpur, World Health Organization symposium, 1964

Box 6, Folder 7-8

Course - UCB, 1971

Box 6, Folder 9

Spring - UCB, 1970

Box 6, Folder 10

circa 1960s-circa 1970s

Box 6, Folder 11

Denver bibliography, 1970

Box 6, Folder 12-13

International Geographic Union, circa 1960s-circa 1970s

Box 7

Nutrition, 1970s-1980s

Box 7, Folder 1-5


Box 7, Folder 6-7

Committee on International Nutrition Programs, social and economic, 1979-1980

Box 7-8

Orang Asli, circa 1960s-1990s

Box 7, Folder 8


Box 7, Folder 9


Box 7, Folder 10

Temuan, 1970s-1990s

Box 7, Folder 11

Current miscellany, 1960s-1990s

Box 7, Folder 12


Box 8, Folder 1-2

Newsletter, 1980s-1990s

Box 8, Folder 3-4

circa 1960s

Box 8, Folder 5-6

Orang Asli survey, January 1971

Box 8, Folder 7-8

MIF - DS 2, circa 1960s

Box 8-10

Prehistory, circa 1930s-1980s

Box 8, Folder 9

Miscell - Prehx disease, 1970s

Box 8, Folder 10

R. Gianno (resins), 1970s

Box 8, Folder 11

P. H. Stauffer, 1970s-1980s

Box 8, Folder 12

Hutterer, 1970s

Box 8, Folder 13

Horridge lambo pr., 1978

Box 9, Folder 1

Horridge, 1970s

Box 9, Folder 2

Peacock, circa 1970s-1980s

Box 9, Folder 3


Box 9, Folder 4


Box 9, Folder 5

W. W. Howells, 1970s

Box 9, Folder 6

Wheeler, 1970s

Box 9, Folder 7

circa 1960s-circa 1970s

Box 9, Folder 8

Polynesia - Pacific migration and parasitism, circa 1970s

Box 9, Folder 9

Ph.D., 1960s-1970s

Box 9, Folder 10

University of Malaya - dissertation, 1971

Box 9-10

Miscellany, 1960s-1980s

Box 10, Folder 3

Pahang sites, circa 1960s

Box 10, Folder 4

Glover paper, circa 1960s-circa 1970s

Box 10, Folder 5

Glover thesis - Timor, circa 1970s

Box 10, Folder 6-8

circa 1930s- circa 1970s

Box 10-11

Primates, circa 1960s-1970s

Box 10, Folder 9

Miscellaneous, circa 1960s

Box 10, Folder 10-11

SA - trypanosoma, circa 1960s

Box 10, Folder 12

SA - tryps, 1960s-1970s

Box 11, Folder 1-3

circa 1960s

Box 11, Folder 4

Parasites - lemurs, circa 1960s

Box 11, Folder 5

Gibbon malaria, 1960s

Box 11, Folder 6-7

Ascaris, 1960s

Box 11, Folder 8-9

SA - tryps, circa 1960s

Box 11, Folder 10

Plasmodium brasilianus, circa 1960s

Box 11-12

Professional societies, circa 1960s-circa 1970s

Box 11-12

Malaysian society of parasitology and tropical medicine, circa 1960s-circa 1970s

Box 12, Folder 3

Malaysian society of parasitology and tropical medicine Kuala Lumpur, 1968

Box 12, Folder 4

Malaysian branch Royal Asiatic Society, circa 1960s-circa 1970s

Box 12, Folder 5

Malayan Nature Society, circa 1960s-circa 1970s

Box 12, Folder 6

Organization for Tropical Studies, circa 1960s-circa 1970s

Box 12-13

Schistosomiasis, circa 1950s-circa 1990s

Box 12, Folder 7-8

circa 1950s-circa 1990s

Box 12, Folder 9-10

Background for Nobel workshop, circa 1960s-circa 1970s

Box 12-13

Nobel, 1973

Box 13, Folder 3-4

Behavior, circa 1970s-circa 1980s

Box 13, Folder 5


Box 13, Folder 6

Nobel workshop, 1973

Box 13-15

Soil-tran Helminths, 1950s-1970s, undated

Box 13, Folder 7-8


Box 13, Folder 9

Beaver, 1960s-1970s

Box 13, Folder 10

Catalytic models, circa 1960s

Box 13, Folder 11

S, 1960s

Box 13, Folder 12

B, 1960s

Box 13, Folder 13

U, V, W, X, Y, - N, 1960s

Box 13-14

STH - MIF - DS, circa 1960s

Box 14, Folder 3

A, 1960s

Box 14, Folder 4

AA - BB - CC - DD - EE - FF- GG - HH - II - JJ - KK - LL - MM - NN - OO - PP - QQ - RR, 1960s

Box 14, Folder 5

AAA - BBB- CCC- DDD - EEE - XX GGG - R, 1960s

Box 14, Folder 6

FFF - F - Z, 1960s

Box 14, Folder 7


Box 14, Folder 8

MIF (TIF) egg counts, undated

Box 14, Folder 9

Final - MIF - DS methods, June 1966

Box 14, Folder 10

WW - M, 1960s

Box 14, Folder 11

L, 1960s

Box 14, Folder 12

Pulau Aur, 1960s

Box 14, Folder 13

General - Refs., 1960s

Box 14, Folder 14

General - Field Records MIF - DS, 1960s

Box 14, Folder 15

Orang Asli - I.MIF studies, 1960s

Box 14, Folder 16

Orang Asli general health and disease, 1960s

Box 14-15

Southeast Asia, 1960s-1970s, undated

Box 14, Folder 17


Box 14, Folder 18

Malay Peninsula - Elephas - Molars, 1967

Box 14, Folder 19

Gorman, undated

Box 14, Folder 20

Archaeology review - Journal of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, 1967

Box 15, Folder 1


Box 15, Folder 2

Pleistocene and Pliocene dating, 1960s-1970s

Box 15, Folder 3

circa 1960s

Box 15, Folder 4


Box 15, Folder 5

Prehistory - disease, 1960s

Box 15, Folder 6-7

Cultural evolution, 1968

Box 15, Folder 8


Box 15, Folder 10

Solheim, 1960s-1970s

Box 15, Folder 11

Malaya - Archaeology - Genl., circa 1960s-1970s

Box 15, Folder 12

Kelantan sites, 1967

Box 15, Folder 13

circa 1960s

Box 15, Folder 14

K.C. Chang, 1970s

Box 15-16

University of California, San Francisco, 1950s-1960s

Box 15-16

Exams - Medicine 118, 1950s-1960s

Box 15, Folder 3

Medicine 118, class 1964, 1960s

Box 15, Folder 4

Lectures - 1964 - Medicine 118, 1960s

Box 15, Folder 5

Medicine 118 - 1963 notes, 1960s

Box 15, Folder 6-7

Other papers, Medicine 118, Fall 1964, 1960s

Box 15, Folder 8

Medicine 118 - 1961, 1960s

Box 15, Folder 9

Medicine 118 - Fall 1965, 1960s

Box 15, Folder 10

circa 1960s

Box 15, Folder 11

Medicine 118 lectures, 1960s

Box 15, Folder 12

Lectures, etc., 1960s

Box 17, Folder 1


Box 17

Vegetation and Terrain, 1960s-1970s

Box 17, Folder 2

Photo-micrograph, notes and Malaya contact prints, 1960s

Box 17, Folder 3


Box 17, Folder 4

Malaysian International Biological Program Synthesis Meeting, 1974

Box 35, Folder 1-2

Southeast Asia, circa 1960s

Box 35, Folder 3-4

Malaysia, 1970s

Box 17-18

World Health Organization, 1960s-1970s

Box 17, Folder 5-10


Box 17, Folder 11


Box 18, Folder 1-5

circa 1970s

Box 18-27

Miscellaneous, 1930s-2005

Box 18, Folder 6

Committee on International Nutrition Program/National Research Council, 1979-1982

Box 18, Folder 7-9

Guam, May 1973

Box 18, Folder 10

World Health Organization, 1960s-1980s

Box 18-19

Institute for Medical Research - Rural Health Research XI, 1973

Box 19, Folder 2

Institute for Medical Research - Rural Health Research, 1973

Box 19, Folder 3-5


Box 19, Folder 6

Social interaction, 1960s

Box 19, Folder 7

International health, 1990

Box 19, Folder 8

Nigeria, 1983

Box 19, Folder 9


Box 19-20

Maps, 1930s-1970s

Box 21, Folder 1-2


Box 21, Folder 3

Dunn's cirriculum vitae and publication list to 1970, circa 1960s

Box 21, Folder 4


Box 21, Folder 5

World Health Organization, 1990s

Box 21, Folder 6

Bibliographies, 1970-1971

Box 21, Folder 7

Biographical material, 1970s-1980s

Box 21, Folder 8-9

Work and UCSF-related, 1970s-1980s

Box 21-22

Epidemiology - EIS course, 1957

Box 22, Folder 2

Old bibliographic material, 1970s-1980s

Box 22, Folder 3-4

Biobibliography, 1960s-1970s

Box 22, Folder 5

University of California International Center for Medical Research Terminal Report, 1980

Box 22, Folder 6

University of California International Center for Medical Research and Training, 1960s

Box 22, Folder 7

Sabbatical and vacation, 1970s-1980s

Box 22, Folder 8-10


Box 23, Folder 1-2

Notebooks, circa 1950s

Box 23, Folder 3

North Pacific Science Congress, 1957

Box 23, Folder 4

Harvard, circa 1951

Box 23, Folder 5

Course in Anthropology, 1968

Box 23, Folder 6


Box 23, Folder 7

World Health Organization June 1967 meeting, circa 1967

Box 23, Folder 8-9

Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene - lab meeting, 1960s

Box 23-24

Jack Ralph Audy, 1940s-1970s

Box 24, Folder 2

World Health Organization, July 1967

Box 24, Folder 3-4

Malaysia, 1968

Box 24, Folder 5-7

Travel, circa 1960s

Box 24, Folder 8

Malaysia maps, 1950s-1960s

Box 24, Folder 9

Travel photographs, 1974-1975

Box 24, Folder 10

Filariasis, 1970s

Box 24, Folder 11

Filariasis Munich, 1974

Box 24-25


Box 25, Folder 3

Malaysia, 1970s

Box 25, Folder 4-8

Malaysia and China, circa 1993

Box 25-27

New England and New York, circa 1997

Box 27, Folder 2-3

Bibliograph and biography - staff, 1960s-1970s

Box 27, Folder 4

University of California step XI, XII, 1980s

Box 27, Folder 5

circa 1980s

Box 27, Folder 6

Biobibliography, 1970s

Box 27-35

II. Publications and Writings, 1950s-2000s, undated

Physical Description: 3.3 linear ft. (8 boxes)

Arrangement note

The series is arranged chronologically. Material has been grouped by decade.

Scope and Contents note

The publications and writings series is comprised laregly of the publications, writings, drafts, and notes of Dunn. Additionally, the series contains a small amount of writings by others, correspondence, and other related material that relates to his body of published work.

Separated Materials note

Dunn's dissertation Rain-Forest Collectors and Traders: A Study of Resource Utilization in Modern and Ancient Malaya, 1971, has been transferred to the History - Non-circulating collection of the Archives & Special Collections.
Box 27, Folder 7-10


Box 27-29, 35


Box 29-32, 35


Box 32-34


Box 34, Folder 2-3


Box 34, Folder 4-5


Box 34, Folder 6